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O Muircheartaigh leads tributes to 'phenomenal' Tipp legend Doyle (76)


Jimmy Doyle

Jimmy Doyle

Jimmy Doyle

GAA legends past and present have paid tribute to former Tipperary hurler and six-time All-Ireland winner Jimmy Doyle who died on Monday.

RTÉ commentator Michéal Ó Muircheartaigh said he had met Jimmy "many, many times" and paid tribute to his friend who he said "always tried to avoid the limelight".

"He was a private person and didn't want any attention. He would want the focus on the game and loved to talk about hurling," Mr Ó Muircheartaigh said.

He said he was the "star man" of the Tipperary team of the 1960s and said his skill level was "phenomenal".

He also praised his ability to get out of trouble and his eye for goal.

He said the Thurles native was fascinated by Cork great Christy Ring and said his "main driving force was to try and be like him".

In a glittering career, Doyle also won nine Munster hurling medals, seven hurling league medals and was named on both the Team of the Century and the Team of the Millennium.

He is also believed to be the only player to play in four All-Ireland minor finals.

Tipperary county board chairman Michael Bourke said "the name Jimmy Doyle will never and should never be forgotten". Environment Minister and Tipperary native Alan Kelly also paid tribute to Doyle, as did Tipp great Babs Keating, and former goalkeeper Brendan Cummins and many others.

Funeral arrangements were announced for the 76-year-old last night.

He will repose at Sarsfields Social Centre, Semple Stadium, this evening, arriving at the Church of St Joseph and St Brigid, at 8.30pm. Funeral mass is tomorrow at 10am.

He is survived by his daughter Janet, sons Gerry, Walter and James, his sisters Hannah and Breda, brother Paddy and extended family.

The Munster Council has postponed tonight's Minor Hurling Championship semi-final between Clare and Tipperary in his honour.

Irish Independent